Voisey’s Bay commission issues recommendations

Report finds both company and union failed to ‘put the ingredients in place’ to end strike
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/24/2011

A report into a strike that lasted almost 18 months at the Vale nickel mine in Labrador has made several recommendations to avoid such lengthy disputes in future.

The Voisey’s Bay Industrial Inquiry Commission was struck last fall to help break the impasse between the Brazilian mining giant and 130 workers represented by the United Steelworkers.

The inquiry released its first report in January, not long before the two sides reached a five-year agreement. The second report was made public last week, and contains more broad-reaching recommendations aimed at improving labour relations in the province.